8 August 2005

Kuit Steinart Levy hires new IP chief

Kuit Steinart Levy has boosted its contentious IP offering with the hire of new practice head Ian Morris, the former head of Manchester-based Berg Legal’s intellectual property team. Morris has been an intellectual property specialist in Manchester for 30 years and co-authored ‘The Modern Law of Design’. Morris is keen to work with partner Colin […]

Gordons lands Eversheds construction partner

Yorkshire firm Gordons has snagged Eversheds Leeds partner Richard Piper to head up its construction team. Piper’s hire is the first since Gordons merged with Leeds-based Nelson & Co in May 2004, and brings the number of partners at the firm to 39. He will start work at Gordons on 31 October this year. Clients […]

Brown Rudnick raids Speechly Bircham for London boost

Boston-based law firm Brown Rudnick has strengthened its London presence with the appointment of three private equity and venture capital specialists. Kieran O’Connor, Matthew Sillett and Adrian Yeandle join Brown Rudnick’s London-based corporate team, reuniting after having previously worked together at Osborne Clarke in the late 1990s. O’Connor and Sillett join as partners from Speechly […]

Coudert loses former Frankfurt chief to domestic rival

The former senior partner of Coudert Brothers Frankfurt has joined German firm Büsing Müffelmann & Theye. Peter Forster moved to the firm as of counsel at the start of this month. He brings with him real estate expertise and also gives the 17-strong office its first notary. Coudert Brothers announced the closure of its German […]

Wanted: chief to regulate standards at the bar

The Bar Council is preparing for the implementation of Sir David Clementi’s review of the regulation of the legal profession by establishing a Bar Standards Board (BSB). The board will be responsible for regulating the bar “in the public interest” and the Bar Council has today (Monday 8 August) begun the search for members of […]

Linklaters makes further gains in NY hiring spree

Linklaters has continued its New York hiring spree with the appointment of two partners from US firms Sullivan & Cromwell and Shearman & Sterling. Bindu Culas and Tom McGrath join as partners in Linklaters’ rapidly expanding New York office. Culas was previously a senior associate with Sullivan & Cromwell specialising in executive compensation, while McGrath […]

Trowers lands Dubai projects expert

Trowers & Hamlins has boosted its rapidly expanding Dubai office with the hire of a new projects and construction partner, Nigel Truscott. Truscott, who is well known in the region, is due to join the firm in September from Denton Wilde Sapte. He joined the firm in July 1999 from Berrymans Lace Mawer, where he […]

BPP launches BVC in Leeds

BPP Law School is launching the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) in its new Leeds law school from September 2006, it announced today (Monday 8 August). The BPP Leeds BVC will be the first in Yorkshire, and the third bar course in the North of England. Courses are also run by Manchester Metropolitan University and the […]

Walker Morris scoops BUPA acquisition

Leeds firm Walker Morris has consolidated its relationship with longstanding client BUPA by advising the company on its £328m acquisition of rival health care provider Associated Nursing Services (ANS). Partner Ian Gilbert advised BUPA Care Services on the deal, which creates the largest care home operator in the UK. BUPA will now have more than […]

Forsters launches employment practice

Mayfair firm Forsters is kick-starting an employment practice with the hire of a senior in-house lawyer from brokerage firm Icap. Sarah Rushton joins Forsters to provide employment advice to business and private clients. At Icap she handled all aspects of employment law for both the UK and overseas. Rushton will work with many of the […]

Mayer Brown hires new telecoms partner

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has poached telecoms specialist Robert Bratby from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. Bratby will join Mayer Brown’s London corporate group as a partner starting in early September. He will be based in the firm’s communications team. Bratby joined Wilmer Cutler in 2003, where he was of counsel, and has […]

Ashurst, DLA Piper, Freshfields scramble to launch Dubai arms

Energy and projects boom drives City firms to the Middle East; Akin Gump, BLP, Linklaters set to follow A wave of law firms are launching in Dubai in a bid to cash in on the booming Middle East energy and projects sectors. Ashurst, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, as well as […]

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